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MPS votes on new charter proposed for Lee, but that may end up elsewhere

Published Oct. 30, 2014

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors will likely vote tonight on a petition to create a new instrumentality charter community school proposed for the former Lee Elementary School building at 9th and Meinecke. Though the site seems unlikely, the plan seems solid.

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Urban spelunking: Milwaukee schools, then and now

Published Oct. 27, 2014

Schools are landmarks in their neighborhoods, and some are well-known across the city. But even some of the oldest schoolhouses in Milwaukee are not the first schools to stand on their respective sites.

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King IB Middle Years Campus will move into renovated Malcolm X site in 2016

Published Oct. 23, 2014

The high performing International Baccalaureate middle school program that MPS board members and administration has been promising for the former Malcolm X Academy, 2760 N. 1st St., is an existing program. The plan is to move Rufus King International Middle School, currently housed in the former McNair Elementary, at 4950 N. 24th St., in time for the start of the 2016 school year.

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Lessons from NYC and Chicago can help us do universal pre-K right

Published Oct. 21, 2014

I've been watching with interest as New York rolls out its first phase of $340 million statewide universal early childhood education plan this autumn, and as Chicago debates how it will get its version off the ground next year. By watching others, we can see what works and what doesn't. We can learn the best ways to create and more smoothly implement universal pre-K that is effective and helps close the achievement gaps and boost the success of all children.

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MPS hosts 58th Council of Great City Schools conference in Milwaukee

Published Oct. 20, 2014

This week, the Council of the Great City Schools hosts its 58th annual fall conference in Milwaukee, hosted by MPS, and some big names in the world of education and beyond will be on hand for the event, which runs Oct. 22-26. The conference -- "Fresh Water, Fresh Thinking in Urban Education" -- takes place at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and will bring about 1,000 school superintendents to Milwaukee.

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Back to the old (school)house after nearly 70 years

Published Oct. 13, 2014

Though Jack Pettey's name isn't the biggest graffiti in the attic at Maryland Avenue School, for some reason it -- and the date, 1946 -- jumps out at you. When I snapped some photographs, Pettey's distinctive scrawl made it into the frame and his name was etched in my memory. Last week, I snapped another photo of it. This time, Pettey himself was in the picture.

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Milwaukee teens excel in multi-state Shakespearean acting competition

Published Oct. 13, 2014

For the eighth time, the nationally acclaimed First Stage Young Company sent 14 of its members to compete in the Utah Shakespearean Festival/Southern Utah University Shakespeare Competition, held Oct. 10-11 in Cedar City, Utah. The team of 14 high school students from the First Stage Theatre Academy's pre-professional training program for teens won first place overall for its division, as well as placing second for its ensemble scene, third place for monologues and another first place in the duo/trio category.

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There be Dragons: Why Dr. Driver's sailing may not be so smooth

Published Oct. 8, 2014

MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver told OnMilwaukee that "now, a month in, we're smooth sailing," and if Jau Bullock were a coffee drinker he would have choked on it because that's just not what he's seeing here on the ground, to slightly mix metaphors.

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MPS details Malcolm X settlement for city committee

Published Oct. 8, 2014

A group of Milwaukee Public Schools officials appeared before the Common Council's Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee at City Hall Tuesday morning to offer updates on the plan to open an International Baccalaureate Middle School at the former Malcolm X Academy, 2760 N. 1st St.

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Fuller backs Common Core standards

Published Oct. 4, 2014

Former Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools Howard Fuller is voicing his support for Common Core, saying the standards would help improve education in the state, reports Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service's Matthew Wisla.

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With a mandate, Driver must now row harder than ever

Published Oct. 1, 2014

In what appears to be a pretty unprecedented move Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors called off the search for a permanent replacement for former superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton and named interim supe Dr. Darienne Driver to the post, beginning today. Hey, Dr. Driver, no pressure.

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Driver named permanent superintendent of MPS

Published Sept. 30, 2014

In a special board meeting Tuesday night, the MPS Board of School Directors voted to hire acting superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver as the permanent superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, effective Wednesday, Oct. 1.